Stagecoach's SunCove Village is on table

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Plans for the first commercial development in Stagecoach, proposed as part of a 25-lot residential subdivision, will be heard again by the Routt County Planning Commission tonight.

SunCove Village, which would be built on a 9.5-acre lot at Meadowgreen at Stagecoach, proposes an affordable, pedestrian-style subdivision. It estimates 25 single-family homes, with additional caretaker units and duplexes, arranged on a looped, one-way road.

A convenience store is planned for the 26th lot.

Gerald Rea and Bonnie Lyn Carrol, owners of SunCove Inc., are proposing the subdivision.

The subdivision comes before the Planning Commission tonight for approval of preliminary plans. If those plans are approved, the subdivision's final plans will be heard by the Planning Commission and county commissioners in the next few months.

Tonight's meeting is an important one, as these plans could end up becoming the final ones, Routt County Planner Chad Phillips said.

According to a new traffic study included in a planning report, the subdivision could result in 460 vehicle trips a day.

That information, along with details of the planned subdivision, will be discussed tonight.

At a meeting in February, in which sketch plans for the project were approved, several people expressed support for the project, including a representative from the Stagecoach Property Owners Association.

At the same meeting, some planning commissioners said they thought too many homes were planned for the space, while others thought the higher density was important.

Other concerns expressed included how Stagecoach's planned trail network would run through the subdivision and whether the subdivision's road intersections could be coordinated with those of neighboring properties.

Some of those concerns could resurface tonight, Phillips said.

In other business, the Planning Commission will consider a request to extend the Steamboat Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant to include a 1-mile-long effluent pipeline from the wastewater plant to the Elk River, as well as a proposal to replat two lots in the Tree Haus Subdivision.

The Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. today in the Commissioners Hearing Room of the Routt County Courthouse annex.

-- To reach Susan Bacon, call 871-4203

or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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